Club Rules

BRITISH BOLOGNESE CLUB
RULES

⦁ NAME AND OBJECTS OF THE CLUB
The Club shall be called The British Bolognese Club and its objects shall be: To promote the Breeding, Exhibiting & Responsible Ownership of the true original type Bolognese in accordance with the Kennel Club standard.

⦁ CONSTITUTION
The Club shall consist of a President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and unlimited number of Ordinary Members and Junior Members. A Member aged 16 years or over shall not be accepted as a Junior Member.

⦁ OFFICERS
The Officers of the Club shall be the President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. No one person may hold the two offices of Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer.

⦁ COMMITTEE
The management of the Club shall be in the hands of the Officers of the Club and a Committee consisting of 10 Members of whom 50% shall retire bi-annually, but are eligible for re-election without nomination requirement. The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall hold office for a period of 3 years. All other Committee Members shall hold office for a period of 2 years. All Officers and Committee shall have full voting rights. In the equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote. Meetings of the Committee shall be held as often as deemed necessary, but at least every 6 months. A quorum for Committee Meetings shall be 4. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt members onto the Committee in the event of positions becoming vacant between General Meetings. Those co-opted shall only hold office until the next General Meeting of the Club, at which an election of Officers and Committee takes place. No individual who has been a Member for less than 12 months may be elected onto the Committee. Nominations for the Committee must be by a fully paid up Member of 12 months standing and received in writing by the Honorary Secretary at least 14 days prior to the A.G.M.

⦁ ELECTION OF MEMBERS
Candidates for membership should send their subscription in sterling (no cash) with a completed application form and signed Code of Ethics. Any monies will be banked on receipt but this does not constitute acceptance of membership. Application for membership is dependent on acceptance by a majority vote of the committee members present and voting. The decision of the committee not to admit any candidate shall be final and it shall not be bound to give any reason for its decision.

Any candidate refused membership will either have their monies returned or receive a refund.

⦁ LIST OF MEMBERS
The Club must make a list of Members and their addresses available for inspection if so requested by Members of the Club or by The Kennel Club.

⦁ VOTING RIGHTS
Each Member shall be entitled to one vote after 12 months Membership. Joint Membership – one vote each Member of partnership. Voting at the A.G.M shall be by secret ballot.Postal votes are allowed upon application for a ballot slip.Those applying to vote by postal ballot will not be allowed a separate vote at the A.G.M.

Junior Members are accepted – ( Under 16 years of age ) but shall not be entitled to vote.

⦁ CLUB PROPERTY
The property of the Club shall be vested in the Committee. In the event of the Club ceasing to exist a final General Meeting shall be called to decide the disposal of the Club’s assets and the outcome of the meeting notified to The Kennel Club.

⦁ CLUB ACCOUNTS
A Banking Account shall be held in the name of the Club at Giro, into which all revenue of the Club shall be paid and from which withdrawals shall be made on the signatures of any two of the following Officers: the Chairman, Honorary Treasurer or Honorary Secretary.

The Accounts shall be kept by the Honorary Treasurer. One qualified accountant or two unqualified individuals with accounting experience shall be appointed at each Annual General Meeting, who shall audit the Accounts for the ensuing year before the Annual General Meeting.

⦁ SUBSCRIPTIONS
The annual Subscription shall be such an amount as agreed by Members in General Meeting and notified to The Kennel Club. Subscriptions shall become payable on January 1st each year. No Member whose subscription is unpaid is entitled to any privileges of Membership and if the Member shall fail to pay outstanding subscriptions by 31st march his/her name shall be automatically erased from the register.

⦁ EXPULSION OF MEMBERS
Any Member who shall be disqualified under Kennel Club Rule A42.j.(5) and/or disqualified under Kennel Club Rule A42.j.j(9) shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the society.

If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the committee of the society be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character or interests of the Club, the committee of the society may, at a meeting the notice convening which includes as an object the consideration of the conduct of the Member, determine that a Special General Meeting of the society shall be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel him/her.

Notice of the Special General Meeting shall be sent to the accused Member, giving particulars of the complaint and advising the place, date and hour of the Meeting, that he/she may attend and offer an explanation. If at the Meeting, a resolution to expel is passed by a two-thirds majority of the Members present and voting, his/her name shall forthwith be erased from the list of Members, and he/she shall thereupon cease for all purposes to be a Member of the Club except that he/she may, within two calendar months from the date of such Meeting, appeal to The Kennel Club upon and subject to such condition as The Kennel Club may impose.

If a society expels any member for discreditable conduct in connection with dogs, dog shows, trials or competition, the society must report the matter in writing to the KC within seven days and supply any particulars required.

⦁ FINANCIAL YEAR
The financial year of the Club shall be from January to December.

⦁ ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting shall be held no later than the end of June to receive the report of the Committee and Balance Sheet, to elect Officers and to discuss any resolution duly placed on the Agenda of which prior notice has been given to the Honorary Secretary. No business shall be transacted at an Annual General Meeting unless notice appears on the Agenda, with the exception of routine matters, or those which in the opinion of the Chairman of the Meeting are urgent. Notice convening such a Meeting will be given by placing a notice in the Dog World and Our Dogs publications 28 days prior to the holding of the Meeting or by individual notification to Members as deemed appropriate by the Committee. Resolutions to be placed on the Agenda of such Meetings must be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary in writing not less than 14 days prior to the Meeting. The Agenda and Balance Sheet will be available to all those present at the Meeting.

⦁ SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
A Special General Meeting shall be summoned by the Honorary Secretary if 60% of the members send a signed requisition stating the subject to be discussed and requesting a Special General Meeting to do so. The Committee of the Club is also empowered to call a Special General Meeting. The Honorary Secretary shall give Members 28 days notice of such a Meeting and notices must be sent out within 7 days of receiving the request. Notice of convening such a Meeting shall be given by placing a notice in the Dog World and Our Dogs publications. No business other than that detailed on the Agenda can be discussed at a Special General Meeting.

⦁ AMENDMENT TO RULES
No alterations or additions to these Rules shall be made except by the majority of the Members present at the Annual General Meeting, or at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose as per Rule 13 and such alterations to the Rules shall not be brought into force until The Kennel Club has been advised and given its approval to the alteration.

⦁ ANNUAL RETURNS TO THE KENNEL CLUB
The Officers acknowledge that during the month of January each year, Maintenance of Title fee will be forwarded to The Kennel Club by the Honorary Secretary for continuance of Registration and that by 31st July each year, other Returns, as stipulated in Kennel Club Regulations for the Registration and Maintenance of Title of Societies and Breed Councils and the Affiliation of Agricultural Societies and municipal Authorities be forwarded to The Kennel Club.
The Officers also acknowledge their duty to inform The Kennel Club of any changes of Secretary of the Club which may occur during the course of the year.

⦁ KENNEL CLUB FINAL COURT OF APPEAL
The Kennel Club shall be the final court of appeal in all matters of dispute.

⦁ FEDERATION OF SOCIETIES OR CLUBS
The Club shall not join any Federation of Societies of Clubs.

⦁ UNDISCHARGED BANKRUPTS
No person whilst an undischarged bankrupt may serve on the Committee or hold any other office or appointment within a Kennel Club Registered Society.

⦁ BREED SOCIETY JUDGES LIST
A list of persons who are considered to be capable of judging the Breed will be compiled by the Committee and will be effective for the following 12 months. Voting for inclusion on the list will be by secret ballot.